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Overview : DNB Anesthesia at Indraprastha Apollo hospital, Delhi

Indraprastha Apollo hospital, Delhi has been a popular name in the healthcare sector for a long time and is one of Best Hospitals in India. It also offers good training in DNB for many branches including Anesthesiology. Dr Prateek Maurya initially had concerns that the hospital might not offer the best exposure, but after joining here almost an year ago he feels that there is ample exposure and academics in DNB Anesthesia. He answers some key questions regarding his experience so far and if you still have doubts regarding the same you can contact him on 8287772555  

DISCLAIMER :  This information is for Guiding DNB /MD Aspirants only. This is not a review of Overall Patient care in These hospitals which may not be affected by what is being discussed here. The Information Provided here cannot be used for any other purpose or to asses the patient care in these hospitals. This is just a review of a postgraduate course running in the mentioned hospital and is meant for guiding medical aspirants only.

What was your rank in DNB?

1061

How many consultants are there in your department in the concerned specialty?

There are 30 including junior and senior consultants and they all are very competent in there speciality. You get to learn a lot of new skills from them; they all are very friendly and always ready to help out with your problems.

What are the usual working hours??

 Morning 7-8 am we have a class. And then 8a.m- 5 pm we are supposed to be in OTs in which we are posted. Duty hours are fixed so we get sufficient time for self study .You get a weekly schedule of your posting in OTs under different speciality.

How many emergency duties per week?

Emergency duties are given to primary DNB candidates only after a span of 6 months so no emergency duty as per now. There are two residents on emergency duties, one will be doing pre anaesthetic check up and other will be attending all the emergency OT's along with consultant on call.

Are you allowed to touch the patient??

We were asked to observe things during our initial few days, but with time as we gained skills we were allowed to do procedures which is expected from a first year resident. I had this doubt while i was joining Apollo but here working atmosphere is quite liberal and you get ample free hand. It works like first u observe then u learn and finally you perform.  Skills are mostly taught directly by consultants so no chance of acquiring any wrong way of doing things.  

Procedures which we have done are i.v cannulation,bag and mask ventilation,endotracheal intubation in adults and children,putting a central line, taking ABG, spinal and epidural.

How are the academics? Any case presentations done?

H.O.D sir of Anaesthesia is quite strict which makes academics very good here. We have classes 5 days a week for which attendance is compulsory. Exclusive classes and case discussion are taken for the exam going students. We also have a library of hospital with ample sitting space, well equipped with books and facilities of e-library too.

How is the pass rate??

Talking of DNB, anaesthesia has a good pass rate if compared to other branches . Pass rate in our hospital is 50-60%.

How satisfied are you with your choice?

Very satisfied

Any other departments at your institution good for DNB??

Other departments like respiratory medicine,general medicine, radiodiagnosis, radiotherapy ,nuclear medicine, obs and gynae are equally good.

Stipend and accommodation details:

1st year- 42k

2nd year- 46k

3rd year - 48k

Yes Apollo provides accomodation for which they deduct 10% of our pay

Any other info you would like to give?

Apollo being a big setup gives you an opportunity to get familiar with superspeciality branches, like you get a fair chance to learn anaesthesia in renal transplant,liver transplant, cardiac and neurosurgery  which might not be possible if you take a periphery institute just for the sake of MD and not DNB . Anaesthesia is a lot about machines and latest technologies which you get to see every other day here.

Why did you choose this hospital?

1. I heard that it has good academics

2. Apollo comes under top 10 hospitals of India

3. Being in Delhi you have good opportunity to attend seminars and CME'S undergoing in the capital city.

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